Ellen Jaffe Jones
At 60, Ellen Jaffe Jones is “THE VEG COACH.” AKA “The Broccoli Rep.” Because as she says, “Who else IS the broccoli rep?” She is an inspiring motivational speaker, personal trainer, running coach, author, vegan lifestyle coach and teaches healthy cooking classes designed by respected doctors and registered dieticians. Ellen is a rare accomplished endurance and sprint runner. She is currently 7th in the US in the 1500 meters, 10th in the 400 meters, 16th in the 200 meters, and 19th in the 100 meters in the W60-64 age group. To qualify for Nationals, at the state level, she had to finish in the top 4 in each event. She is 3rd in State (FL) in her age group for the 200, 400 & 1500 meters, 4th in the 100 meters. Her 100 meters time is :06 slower than NCAA girls’ personal records listed in the University of Southern California 2012 Track and Field Media Guide. To qualify for State, she had to finish in the top 3 at the county level receving 1st Place Golds in 3 events.
At Nationals, placing the top 20 in 4 different back-to-back events was challenging. Many competitors “scratched” as the games went on for 3 days. Ellen credits a plant-based diet for keeping her recovery quick and injury free. Having trained for both a marathon and everything in-between down to the 100 meters, Ellen found that sprint training was much riskier for injury than training for a marathon. The publisher of “Running Journal” says it is rare for anyone with Ellen’s sprint times to have ever completed a marathon. She has been featured on the cover the Tampa Bay Times Magazine and the Bradenton Herald Health Magazine.
Ellen’s best-selling book, “Eat Vegan on $4 a Day” rapidly became her publisher’s #1 seller. Ellen’s publisher credits part of the success with Ellen’s dedication to and use of social media saying, “Her success with social media has been amazing!” Ellen coaches other authors on how to build their social media “presence.” The “Eat Vegan on $4 a Day” Facebook page has more than 25,000 fans.
As a result of this success, her publisher requested that she write three more books. “Kitchen Divided—Vegan Recipes for the Semi-Vegan Household” is just out. A third cookbook on vegan fitness is being “fast-tracked” with a fourth scheduled for 2014. Ellen has also been asked to donate a chapter to a book that will be written exclusively by vegan athlete/authors. Proceeds will be donated to a TBA charity. Ellen also donates a portion of her income to Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Ellen writes as the “Veg Koach” for the social media health site, Kurriosity.com. She has her own live streaming radio show, “The Veg Vixen” on 1700 AM in Bradenton Beach, FL, and writes a weekly health column for “The Anna Maria Island Sun,” and a monthly column for “The Running Journal.”
Ellen is nationally certified as a personal trainer by the Aerobics & Fitness Association of America and a nationally certified running coach with The Road Runners Club of America. RRCA certifies most road races in the US, and is the premier national organization dedicated to promoting the development and growth of running and walking throughout the country. Ellen was also the volunteer assistant coach for the Manatee High School Girls’ Cross Country & Track Team before her books and book tour. As a vegan for most of the past 32 years, Ellen is adept at vegan lifestyle coaching too. A New York Times blogger sought Ellen’s running coaching advice, improved her marathon time and wrote about it here.
Ellen is incredibly healthy, with the heart of a 21 year-old, according to one of her doctors. He proclaimed, “Maybe that diet and exercise is paying off.” She runs 8 minute miles (same as when she was 28), often places in her age group at local 5K races (55 times since 2006), and has held a 6 minute plank position often while training for fun with the high school cross-country team. After that feat, she was asked to help coach the Manatee High School Girls’ Cross Country & Track Team in Bradenton, FL. She ran her first marathon in 2010 (The Palm Beaches Marathon) and was the 5th oldest female to finish.
Ellen was a popular TV investigative reporter and anchor for 18 years in Miami and St. Louis winning 2 Emmys and The National Press Club Award for Consumer Reporting. While taking six years off to be a stay-at-home-mom, she became an accredited leader and trainer with the breastfeeding information and support group, La Leche League International. Respected doctors told her in order to suppress estrogen (linked to breast cancer growth), she needed to “Stay pregnant and breastfeed as long as you can to protect yourself.” She was told she needed to do things very differently to dodge her genes and end up becoming like everyone else in her family.
Many have sought her expertise in modeling a healthy lifestyle. She became known as the “Earth Mother in a Suit” when she left TV and became a successful financial consultant at Smith Barney for 5 years. Combining both backgrounds, she wrote “Eat Vegan on $4 a Day” after seeing too many news stories saying eating healthfully was impossible on a budget or food stamps. She wrote “Kitchen Divided” after hearing from many newer vegans who were looking for ways to appeal to their family and friends.
Her gifted public speaking ability, humor, easy tips, motivational ideas, and stark reality, make her an inspirational keynote. She gets consistent, rave reviews. One to “save the proof,” complete with fast-paced slides, she becomes an open book as she reveals her own 20 years of personal medical records and history. In black and white test results, she documents a lifestyle that clearly shows when she was being “naughty” or “good.” Years of medical records show when the high protein diets didn’t work, and when the plant-based diets sent cholesterol levels way below the national average. Her stories about almost dying of a colon blockage and saving herself from an emergency room-ordered hysterectomy give audiences serious food for thought.
Dozens of articles have been written about Ellen over the years. Most mention her passion and dedication to a healthy lifestyle, her unusual ability to overcome obstacles and her fierce determination to beat the odds of a horrific family history. Her mother, aunt and BOTH sisters had breast cancer. For starters. Multiple diseases including diabetes, major heart disease, osteoporosis, crippling arthritis and 4 cases of Alzheimer’s struck everyone but Ellen. One sister had breast cancer 3 times, the other got MRSA after “routine” herneated disc surgery after a lifetime of diabetes and heart disease. That sister, now paralyzed, is in a nursing home for the rest of her life.
Ellen has yet to find anyone with an identical history and is patiently waiting to be studied. She lost 25 pounds on a plant-based diet herself after almost dying of a colon blocckage and being told she needed a hysterectomy, which she never had. She improved fitness with simple, time-tested programs.
Whether you are interested in weight loss, ramping up fitness, vegan lifestyle coaching or a combination, Ellen is full of positive energy and motivation to keep you on track. In addition to consulting, she does personal training, watching and demonstrating proper form via Skype. Her clients enjoy that this is much cheaper than joining a health club which will charge a fee above membership for any additional training. Please contact us for a program designed around your specific needs.
Ellen has spoken to thousands of people in diverse sectors on these topics.